Henri Texier

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Henri Texier
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Background information
Born (1945-01-27) 27 January 1945 (age 72)
Paris, France
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Double bass
Associated acts Don Cherry, Joe Lovano, Phil Woods

Henri Texier (born January 27, 1945) is a French jazz double bassist born in Paris.[1]

He is perhaps best known for his 1960s work with Don Cherry and for his 1980s band the Transatlantik Quartet, which featured Joe Lovano, Steve Swallow and Aldo Romano.

Biography[edit]

At the age of sixteen, fascinated by the double bass, Texier became a self-taught bassist, crediting Wilbur Ware most as an influence. He formed his first group with Georges Locatelli, Alain Tabar-Nouval, Jean-Max Albert and Klaus Hagel, inspired by the music of Don Cherry and Ornette Coleman. In spite of an almost absence of recorded documents this group represents one of the very first expressions of free jazz in France ( 1965 ).[2]


In 1967 he joined a group led by Jef Gilson where he met Bernard Vitet, Jean-Louis Chautemps, François Jeanneau, Stéphane Vilar, Jean-Luc Ponty... At the same period, he was introduced in the Parisian clubs by Daniel Humair, and worked with American musicians like Johnny Griffin, Phil Woods Bill Coleman, Chet Baker, Kenny Drew, Donald Byrd, Bud Powell, Kenny Clarke, Dexter Gordon, Booker Ervin, Art Taylor.


Throughout the 1970s Texier remained active in Europe on the jazz scene, performing with musicians such as Gordon Beck, John Abercrombie and Didier Lockwood, among others. In 1982 he formed a quartet with Louis Sclavis.[1] With the trio Romano-Sclavis-Texier, he collaborated in three albums having for theme Africa as seen by the photographer Guy Le Querrec: Carnet de routes, Suite africaine and African Flashback.[3] His curiosity for the French Britain music brought him to work with Armorican jazzmen. In 1998, he participated in the album Condaghès ( Silex/Auvidis )

He published all his records as leader with the French label: Label Bleu.

Select discography[edit]

  • 1972 - Total Issue
  • 1976 - Amir
  • 1977 - Varech
  • 1977 - Francois Jeanneau - Éphémère
  • 1979 - A Cordes et a Cris
  • 1979 - Humair & Jeanneau & Texier - HJT
  • 1980 - Humair & Jeanneau & Texier - Akagera
  • 1983 - Compilatex
  • 1983 - Henri Texier Quartet - La Companera
  • 1986 - Henri Texier Quartet - Paris Batignolles
  • 1988 - Eric Barret, Aldo Romano, Henri Texier
  • 1988 - Henri Texier Transatlantik Quartet - Izlaz
  • 1988 - Henri Texier Transatlantik Quartet - Colonel Skopje
  • 1990 - Humair & Jeanneau & Texier - Up date 3.3
  • 1991 - Henri Texier Trio - The scene is Clean
  • 1993 - Henri Texier Azur Quartet - An Indian's Week
  • 1995 - Mad Nomads
  • 1995 - Romano & Sclavis & Texier - Carnet de Routes
  • 1997 - Respec
  • 1998 - Bagad Man Ha Tan & Henri Texier - Doue Lann
  • 1998 - Henri Texier Azur Quintet - Mosaic Man
  • 1999 - Suite Africaine
  • 2000 - Remparts D'Argile
  • 2002 - Henri Texier Azur Quintet - Strings' Spirit
  • 2004 - Tchangodei & Henri Texier - Don't Be a Half Shell
  • 2004 - Holy Lola
  • 2004 - Henri Texier Strada Sextet - Vivre
  • 2005 - Romano & Sclavis & Texier - African Flashback
  • 2007 - Henri Texier Strada Sextet - Alerte à l'eau
  • 2008 - Henri Texier Red Route Quartet - Love Songs Reflexions
  • 2008 - Romano & Texier & Sclavis - St Luke's Church
  • 2009 - Blue Wind Story
  • 2009 - Henri Texier Quartet - Nostalgique
  • 2010 - Aldo Romano - Complete Communion to Don Cherry
  • 2011 - Henri Texier Nord-Sud Quintet - Canto Negro
  • 2016 - Henri Texier Sky Dancers 6 - Sky Dancers

with Phil Woods

  • 1968 - Alive and Well in Paris
  • 1969 - At the Montreux Jazz Festival
  • 1970 - Les Disques Pierre Cardin
  • 1971 - At the Frankfurt Jazz Festival (Atlantic)

with Lee Konitz and Martial Solal

with Patrice Meyer

  • Dromadaire Viennois (FMR)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lewis, Dave. "Henri Texier: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-03-27. 
  2. ^ Dictionnaire du jazz, Sous la direction de Philippe Carles, Jean-Louis Comolli et André Clergeat. Éditions Robert Laffont, coll. "Bouquins", 1994
  3. ^ Musique Française